Definition of hue and cry in English:
- Blocking of major city roads during peak hours and uninhibited use of loud speakers and other accessories for the pageants have raised a hue and cry among the public.
- In any case, I doubt that during World War II there was a comparable hue and cry about the absence of a ‘plan’ and the failure to own up to responsibility every time we suffered a setback.
- ‘I don't think people living in Cepen Park are fully aware of the proposed changes, but when they do become aware then I'm sure there will be a big hue and cry,’ said Coun Northey.
- Reference was made to Crouther's case where a constable was indicted for refusing to make a hue and cry after notice of a burglary committed in the night.
- A hue and cry is raised; Sikes, trying to escape, accidentally hangs himself, and the rest of the gang are secured and Fagin executed.
- If the hue and cry was described as "raised justly", it meant that the person was guilty.
In early times any person witnessing or surprising a criminal committing a crime could raise a hue and cry, calling for others to join in their pursuit and capture. In law the cry had to be raised by the inhabitants of the district in which the crime was committed, or otherwise the pursuers were liable for any damages suffered by the victim. The origin of the expression is in legal French hu e cri ‘outcry and cry’. The first element has no connection with hue ‘colour’, which is a native English word related to Swedish hy ‘skin, complexion’, and originally meant ‘form, appearance’, only developing the colour sense in the mid 19th century.
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